Some of the nuggets from my devotional Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young (also available in an app):
You hear Me in the depths of your being. The best response is a heart over-flowing with gratitude. I am training you to cultivate a thankful mind-set.I can definitely say I've had a heart overflowing with gratitude and have been in a thankful mind-set. God has shown Himself over and over in so many ways through people (some I don't even know), circumstances, and quiet moments. As I was meditating on this (No...not chanting and clearing my mind...thinking on the devotion and scriptures) I thought about some of the things people had been saying.
Most who know me know it's a bit hard for me to take compliments. I never know how to respond. While praying about this, I really think God was helping me to see what I need to do. I need to take the compliments for what they are...encouraging words of love, concern, encouragement, and hope that bathe me in His presence.
So anyway...here's what I believe I got from all of this:
- When people say I'm inspirational, point them to the One Who is True Inspiration...the Creator, Sustainer, and Giver of Life.
- When people say I'm strong, remember I'm week and point them to the One Who is Strong and Mighty in Power.
- When people say my faith will see me through, remember it's the One in Whom my faith is put...the Ever Faithful One..that will see me through.
When we freely admit that without Christ we can do nothing- and we live our lives accordingly, totally dependent on Him- then we discover that "we can do all things through Him that strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)and what an amazing discovery that is.Now after writing all this, I could probably best summarize it like this: